Generally, people wait to receive orthodontic treatment until they are in their teen years, but many don’t realize that they can get treatment as early as 9 years old. Early orthodontic treatment is very beneficial for many because the orthodontist can detect and treat subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth. Orthodontists today recommend that patients correct their dental problems while their smile is still growing. If they do this, their treatment has the potential to be quicker and more successful. Once the smile stops growing, the treatment may take longer and it might require more extensive adjustments.
Orthodontists today strongly recommend that you bring your child into the orthodontic office by the time they are 7 years old. Doing so will help the orthodontist monitor and detect any early signs that result in orthodontic treatment. Also, if you take your child into the orthodontic office at an early age, you will be able to create a plan for you and your child, which could give you some peace of mind now and in the future.
Early orthodontic visits also help with:
• Correcting any habits that might result in orthodontic treatment in the future
• Reducing the risk of damage to protruding teeth
• Fixing bite problems, like an open, cross, deep, over, or under bite
• Eliminating future and more invasive dental treatment
Call our office today if you would like to schedule your child’s first orthodontic appointment. We look forward to working with you and your child!